Pop a cork on a bottle of bubbly and ring in the new by enjoying one of these New Year's Eve-themed movies, available on DVD.
About a Boy (2002; PG-13 for language, thematic elements) A bittersweet, unsentimental comedy about an aimless bachelor (Hugh Grant), living off royalties from a Christmas song written by his father, who meets the girl of his dreams at a New Year's Eve gathering and gets lessons on growing up from a 12-year-old kid (Nicholas Hoult). With Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby and directed by Paul Weitz and and Chris Weitz.
The Apartment (1960; unrated) This Billy Wilder-directed tragi-comedy stars Jack Lemmon as a lonely insurance clerk who loans his conveniently located apartment to his bosses for trysts during the holidays. The film, which won five Academy Awards out of 10 nominations, also stars Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, and Ray Walston.
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001; R for language, sexuality) Lovelorn and chubby British singleton Bridget Jones (played wonderfully by American actress Renee Zellweger) makes a New Year's resolution to keep a diary, which is when her life starts to change. With Hugh Grant, Colin Firth.
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989; R for adult situations, language) Jeff and Beau Bridges play a Seattle-based cocktail lounge piano duet who decide to liven up their stagnant act by adding a girl singer (the totally fabulous Michelle Pfeiffer).
Somewhere in Time (1980; PG for adult situations, language) A theme of transcending time makes this dreamy romance a nice New Year's Eve choice. It concerns a modern-day playwright (the late Christopher Reeve) who falls in love with the photographic image of a 1912 actress (Jane Seymour) and uses self-hypnosis to travel back to her time. With Christopher Plummer, William H. Macy.
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